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What are the benefits of having the dental transillumination test?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Fracture ID
Dentists often use transillumination as a way to look for fractures inside teeth.
It is a bright light that shines on the tooth and can make internal problems more evident. It is painless, and helps identify or confirm hidden problems.

In brief: Fracture ID
Dentists often use transillumination as a way to look for fractures inside teeth.
It is a bright light that shines on the tooth and can make internal problems more evident. It is painless, and helps identify or confirm hidden problems.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cracked teeth
Often it is extremely difficult to see if a tooth has cracked visually or on a dental radiograph (x-ray).
By shinning light on a tooth, the dentist can detect breaks in the enamel matrix that are sharply contrasted due to the light not uniformly penetrating the area . Cracks can easily be detected. Cracked teeth can lead to dental pain and tooth loss if left untreated.

In brief: Cracked teeth
Often it is extremely difficult to see if a tooth has cracked visually or on a dental radiograph (x-ray).
By shinning light on a tooth, the dentist can detect breaks in the enamel matrix that are sharply contrasted due to the light not uniformly penetrating the area . Cracks can easily be detected. Cracked teeth can lead to dental pain and tooth loss if left untreated.
Dr. James Anderson
Dr. James Anderson
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Dr. Benjamin Vela
This should be a basic service included in an examination. Unless you are complaining of pain, it's rare one needs to look for significant enough fractures. FOTI is great for diagnosing fractures after symptoms have arisen. I think doing it without symptoms may lead to unnecessary dental work.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Highlights defects
Dental transillumination test highlights the defects that are not easily seen inside the tooth.

In brief: Highlights defects
Dental transillumination test highlights the defects that are not easily seen inside the tooth.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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